Aseem plays Laxman to Keanu Reeves' Rama
NRI producer Uru Patel's film Hanuman, starring Keanu Reeves as Rama and Shilpa Shetty as Sita, will have model-turned-Bollywood actor Aseem Merchant playing Laxman.
Aseem was last seen in the derailed thriller The Train as Emraan Hashmi's blackmailer.
Why Aseem, one may well ask, since he has been playing largely anti-hero roles in films as far ranging as Bullet and The Train.
According to informed sources, Aseem got this break because the Los Angeles-based producer and his late brother Raju, who actually conceived the Hanuman project but died of cancer, were close friends.
When contacted, Aseem told IANS: "I am really not allowed to talk about this. But, yes, whatever is happening in my career now will finally put me on the map."
The actor has also been signed to play the villain opposite Salman Khan in Boney Kapoor's remake of Telugu blockbuster Pokiri.
"Besides trying to find my place as an actor, I'm also trying to be a good father to my eight-year-old daughter," says Aseem who is divorced, single and not quite ready to mingle.
Is he aware that Riteish Deshmukh plays Laxman to Ajay Devgan's Rama in Raj Santoshi's Ramayan?
"I guess Laxman is a very popular guy," Aseem chuckled.